A Call to Action: The Importance of Eliminating Health Care Disparities

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management, in collaboration with Equity of Care, recently interviewed health care professionals from across the country on the importance of eliminating health care disparities at "Equity: Moving Beyond Diversity", the Institute's 2014 National Leadership and Education Conference. These health care leaders shared their ideas on eliminating health care disparities by increasing the collection of race, ethnic and language preference (REaL) data, increasing leadership and workforce diversity and providing culturally competent care. All agree that while hospitals have improved quality of care for diverse patient populations and increased leadership diversity, more work needs to be done.




AnMed Health
Anderson, SC
Juana Spears-Slade
Diversity and Language Services

Greenville Health System
Greenville, SC
Kinneil Coltman
Chief Diversity Officer
American Hospital Association
Washington, DC
Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO
Meridian Health
Neptune, NJ
Wayne Boatwright
Vice President,
Cultural Diversity
Cambridge Health Alliance
Boston, MA
Rick de Filippi
Trustee & Former Chairman of the Board
Froedtert Health
Milwaukee, WI
Emily Blend
Infusion Clinic
Institute for Diversity in Health Management
Chicago, IL
Frederick D. Hobby
President and CEO
Columbus, OH
Chrishonda Smith
System Director

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Hanover, NH
Leonard Greenhalgh

Health Research & Educational Trust
Chicago, IL
Maulik Joshi
AnMed Health
Anderson, SC
John Miller Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Dupont Hospital
Fort Wayne, IN
Bonnie Hanson
Fmr., Chief Operating Officer
New York City Health and Hospital Corporation
New York, NY
Ram Raju
Presdient and Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Health Services Executives
Tampa, FL
Roy Hawkins, Jr.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Wisconsin, WI
Sharon Coffee
Manager, Nursing Practice
Commission for Healthcare Interpreters
Karin Ruschke
CCHI Commissioner
Northwest Community Healthcare
Arlington Heights, IL
Raymond Grady
Woman's Hospital
Baton Rouge, LA
Teri Fontenot
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bridgeport Hospital
Shelton, CT
Shawna Denise Hall
Critical Care Resource Support Nurse

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